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Vampire V500 Question

Paul Green

Posts 2
22 Mar 2019 17:55


All,

After what seems like forever watching I have finally purchased a vampire, and high level it's works

However the capacitor near where the kickstart used to live means it's not sitting flush against the CPU socket and long term this isn't a great situation

How have people got round this problem or is it usual to only have the right set of pins mainly out of the socket?


Sean Sk

Posts 286
22 Mar 2019 19:15


I think you might need to bend the capacitor over so that it is not sitting upright if you are to set the V500 down flush against the socket. I wouldn't recommend doing that if the body of the capacitor is sitting all the way down against the PCB as bending it over may not be easy and may damage the capacitor.
 
In this event you could get a replacement capacitor with the same capacitance value and voltage rating but with a shorter body and solder it in it's place. Or, if you cannot find one with a shorter body, bend the leads first, say 45 degrees (or greater) and then solder it in place.


Paul Green

Posts 2
22 Mar 2019 20:47


I can't bent it down it still doesn't give enough clearance.  Sounds like my PCB is going to need some attention otherwise I am not satisfied with the fit.

Same conclusion I came to - thank for the reply


Andy Hearn

Posts 254
22 Mar 2019 21:08


Arananet do a cpu relocator board for the A500, A1000, and a slot adapter for the A2000.

I tried using a cpu socket riser in the shape of a clock port adapter, but then the vampire got in the way of the keyboard.

so I went full ghetto with a load of dupont male<->female leads going from the CPU socket to the bottom of the vampire, letting me put the vampire card towards the back of the A500, sit the keyboard down properly, and now the only thing holding the case open is the DIGITAL-VIDEO lead.


Paul H

Posts 7
22 Mar 2019 21:58


I had the same problem and opted to take out the old capacitor and solder in a new one. I'm not the most skilled at soldering, but I managed it. Just don't do what I did and break one of the pins when pulling the Vampire card out of the 68000 socket! Thankfully some spare pins were provided with the card, though I could have done without the soldering experience again! :)


Aron Bott

Posts 5
26 Mar 2019 14:47


I was wondering the same.  I bent the capacitor down to where the vampire can sit level, but the capacitor has a wiggle it didn't have before.  Safe?  It's working otherwise.


Chris Edwards

Posts 38
29 Mar 2019 12:59


Paul green wrote:

All,
 
  After what seems like forever watching I have finally purchased a vampire, and high level it's works
 
  However the capacitor near where the kickstart used to live means it's not sitting flush against the CPU socket and long term this isn't a great situation
 
  How have people got round this problem or is it usual to only have the right set of pins mainly out of the socket?

My V2 comes with a set of Riser pins to raise it above that while still sitting touch free under the keyboard even with the vampire ide 2 cf card installed. did yours not come with them, either attached or in a bag"?


Matthew Findlay

Posts 15
29 Mar 2019 19:17


Did you buy from Amedia computers? I got mine from there with riser pins and the guys said it was something they included with it. It did make install a lot easier and no need to remove the ROM either.
 

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